Rusty Blackbird: A quickly declining sight
I had made up my mind a while ago to stop putting up new websites (at least for myself). However, I keep getting new ideas and frequently it involves a new website. Well here was a quick idea and of course a new website evolved over a period of a week or so.
I needed a simple way to get noticed so I could promote my Bird Quote website without spending a fortune doing it. A specialized website related to birds would do it, I reckoned. It would be easy to maintain and would have meaningful content others would be interested in.
I settled on the name rustyblackbird and proceeded to see if it was available. Sure enough it WASN’T, but there was no website on it. Too bad. I had to check further to see what the deal was. Hey wait just a minute! Is there coincidence working here or could this be the beginning of some good luck? I noticed that the owner of the rustyblackbird.com domain name might be someone I knew. That’s amazing, considering the tens of millions of people owning domain names.
How could the owner of a domain name I was beginning to want badly be someone that I knew? It turned out I had met him a few months ago at a bird festival in San Diego. I didn’t know then he owned that domain name and we never discussed domain names. In fact, I had no idea at the time I would ever put up another bird site (oops I still have an unused bird related domain name).
I wasn’t into birds and just happened to be there with my sister Safari Kay who was selling her bird photographs at that event. I had spent several hours talking to Sam Crowe the owner of that rusty blackbird domain. At the time, however, I hadn’t the slightest I would be putting up another bird site, let alone needing a bird related domain name.
I also didn’t know Sam owned any domain names he wasn’t using, although he had MANY MANY bird websites and was an expert on birds. I joined Cornell University’s Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help me learn about birds. Sam had a nice bird video on a large plasma (or maybe LCD) TV promoting the lab at the bird show.
My first email about the domain name came back. It bounced. I wasn’t phased. I felt sure the Sam listed as the owner of the domain was the Sam I met a few months ago. I went to one of his big bird websites and tried an email address listed there. I was in luck. Sam answered me right away. I took a bold chance and asked about the domain name [in a long detailed email to him], if I could buy it if he had no plans for it. I was in luck.
I purchased the domain name from Sam (at a very reasonable price – thank you Sam) and there, you know the whole story, almost. I was really lucky to get the domain name I wanted. This is a rarity nowadays. It took me about three weeks to get the name, but I finally got it.
Partly because of the long time it took to get that domain name and other previous problems I had with that registrar I am planning to start my own registry. It will take some rather big bucks, the way I want to do it, but I think my domain for that could eventually pay off. I had tentatively been planning to put up a domain registry for the several years I have owned the goodluckdomain.com domain and now the time is near. Probably in a couple of months or so I will open the doors of Good Luck Domains.
If you ever need a good luck domain you can go there. If I get the time or the money to pay someone I plan to create a good luck ebook or even hardback book for those who want good luck with their website and domain name, i.e. www.birdquote.com, www.rustyblackbird.com and others are my good luck.
Well, here again I will be violating my idea of not putting up any new sites of my own. There’s an excuse, however, since I had planned this domain registry site years before all my current sites were put up.
Well, that just blew my idea of not putting up any new sites of my own! However, I think I can get the Rusty Blackbird site to eventually have a lot of visitors (it’s gonna take a lot of work) and it will pay off.
I quietly launched it a few days ago, a week ago, to be exact. If you have any digital images of Rusty Blackbirds – send them to me and I will add them to the site, with credits to you. If you are a bird watcher or know any ask them to check out my site. I am open to suggestions, corrections, and ideas about the site. Also I have another bird website I have not developed and maybe they or you can give me some ideas. I am tentatively considering turning my undisclosed bird site into a bird directory. Oops, there I go again. NO MORE websites for me!
I have decided to do this for others [create/put up a website] if the situation arises, but I have to charge because I have virtually no free time for the foreseeable future. I hope that changes, however.